Most likely you have a favorite holiday tradition or two…something you treasure each year as the season comes ’round again. Whether it’s placing a special ornament on the tree, watching a favorite holiday movie together, visiting a certain jolly fellow (in our family, the Northpark Santa IS the real Santa), or doing a familiar holiday activity together, you have a tradition you never want to miss.
My sister and I would always write long, detailed letters to Santa each year; it was our tradition together in fact. My parents would then take us downtown to Titches (yes, I’m that old), to visit with St. Nick to share our letters. I would never tell my parents what I wrote even though they would do any number of things to make me “spill it” (Momma always said, “You were stubborn that way…” Go figure?!). It took me a while to pin down exactly why they wanted to know this personal information. (The picture is me in third grade with my sister, Becky talking with Santa). Writing our letters was a tradition we shared together. Today, we still write our shopping lists (using email or text) because great minds think alike and we’ve also been known to buy the same present for a family member. Talking and planning (along with writing) with my sister are traditions during the holidays and everyday I never want to miss!
So this leads me to a question for you to ponder today: What are your favorite family holiday traditions? In whatever way you and your family choose to define the holiday season and make seasonal memories, here’s hoping you take time to reflect together on special traditions. If you don’t have a favorite tradition, here’s hoping you start one this year!